straggling


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strag·gle

 (străg′əl)
intr.v. strag·gled, strag·gling, strag·gles
1.
a. To move or proceed slowly or in a scattered or irregular group: "The millworkers straggled out for lunch" (Carson McCullers).
b. To move or lag behind another or others: "Bawling calves straggled after cows" (Jean M. Auel).
2. To extend or be spread out: "The willow herb straggled over the heaps of rubble" (George Orwell).
3. To hang limply or loosely: "the potbellied man, whose dirty hair straggled to his shoulders" (Stephen King).
n.
A scattered or disorderly group, as of people or things.

[Middle English straglen, to wander.]

strag′gler n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.straggling - spreading out in different directions; "sprawling handwriting"; "straggling branches"; "straggly hair"
untidy - not neat and tidy; "careless and untidy in her personal habits"; "an untidy living room"; "untidy and casual about money"
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Translations

straggling

[ˈstræglɪŋ] straggly [ˈstræglɪ] ADJ [town] → disperso; [plants] → extendido; [hair] → despeinado, desordenado
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

straggling

[ˈstrægəlɪŋ] straggly [ˈstrægli] adj [hair] → en désordre
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

straggling

adj
children, cattle etcweit verteilt; group of peopleungeordnet; (= straggling behind)zurückgeblieben, hinterherzottelnd (inf); villagesich lang hinziehend; houseszerstreut liegend; group, row of housesauseinandergezogen
(inf: also straggly) hairunordentlich, zottig; beardzottig; planthochgeschossen; handwritingkrakelig
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

straggling

[ˈstræglɪŋ] straggly [ˈstræglɪ] adj (village) → sparso/a; (hair) → scarmigliato/a; (line) → irregolare; (plant) → che cresce in modo disordinato
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
References in classic literature ?
Of course, those who were stationed nearest to the head of the line, where they could most see and be seen, and have the first blow at him, paid the highest prices for their places; and the few straggling inhabitants in the outskirts, where long gaps in the line began to occur, and the traveller could get over walls or turn aside into cow-paths, and so escape, paid a very slight ground or window tax.
They had left two men in the boat, who, as I found afterwards, having drunk a little too much brandy, fell asleep; however, one of them waking a little sooner than the other and finding the boat too fast aground for him to stir it, hallooed out for the rest, who were straggling about: upon which they all soon came to the boat: but it was past all their strength to launch her, the boat being very heavy, and the shore on that side being a soft oozy sand, almost like a quicksand.
By-and-by, one group after another came straggling back to the mouth of the cave, panting, hilarious, smeared from head to foot with tallow drippings, daubed with clay, and entirely delighted with the success of the day.
Some straggling carts and coaches rumbling by, first broke the charm, then others came, then others yet more active, then a crowd.
The nocturnal adventures of Gurth were not yet concluded; indeed he himself became partly of that mind, when, after passing one or two straggling houses which stood in the outskirts of the village, he found himself in a deep lane, running between two banks overgrown with hazel and holly, while here and there a dwarf oak flung its arms altogether across the path.
When I had last seen this part of Sheen in the daylight it had been a straggling street of comfortable white and red houses, interspersed with abundant shady trees.
I had to confess that mine had not gone beyond a few straggling notes.
Two men were promenading up and down the wharves, among the crowd of natives and strangers who were sojourning at this once straggling village-- now, thanks to the enterprise of M.
Dorothy bent over, too, and began to arrange her hair, blown by the desert wind into straggling tangles.
Straggling upon the outskirts were the thatched huts of natives, picturesque in their primeval savagery, harmonizing with the background of tropical jungle and accentuating the squalid hideousness of the white man's pioneer architecture.
For two hours no one ventured in the glare of the open, or even to cross the narrow, unshadowed street, whose dull red dust seemed to glow between the lines of straggling houses.
On his right hand was a quaint little village, mostly composed of wooden houses, straggling down to the brink of one of the tidal streams.